Mai Truong is a 3rd year PhD student in comparative politics and political methodology. Mai is interested in authoritarian politics with a special focus on social identities, social movements and popular resistance. In particular, her current research projects investigate (1) the multi-dimensional effects of social media on rural and urban social movements, and rightful resistance in autocracies; (2) the effects of autocrats’ labeling strategies toward protesters; and (3) the salient social identities in single party regimes. Most often, she uses focus groups, experimental methods, and other statistical tools for her research.
Her research has been supported by the Southeast Asia Research Group, Social & Behavioral Science Research Institute (University of Arizona), and Graduate Professional Student Council Grant (University of Arizona). Her paper on the diverging effects of social media on rural and urban movements is forthcoming in the Journal of Comparative Politics.
She holds a MA in International Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. Before graduate school, she had research experiences in both the UK and Vietnam.